Graham Potter set to take Chelsea job on long-term contract

Graham Potter is set to become Chelsea’s new manager after agreeing in principle to leave Brighton, sources told ESPN.

The 47-year-old had lengthy discussions with Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on Wednesday night and after he was given the evening to reflect on his position, sources have told ESPN that Potter had verbally agreed to take on the role .

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Potter was due to hold his weekly pre-match press conference in Brighton on Thursday but it was canceled as he will instead bid a final farewell to players and staff before traveling to London to sign a long-term deal.

Barring last-minute complications, Potter will succeed Thomas Tuchel as the club’s head coach and be in the dugout for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Fulham. Though details are yet to be finalized, Potter is expected to bring several associates, including his assistant, Billy Reid.

Chelsea had created a shortlist that included Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane but Potter was the club’s first choice. Sources suggest that Zidane had no interest in acting in England and is instead awaiting an opportunity to take the job in France.

Chelsea have to pay Brighton around £16m in compensation to appoint Potter, who has excelled at the south coast since taking over in the summer of 2019.

Brighton finished last season in ninth place with 51 points – the highest points ever in the Premier League – and are fourth this season, ahead of Chelsea after winning four of their first six games.

Tuchel was sacked by new Chelsea owners just three months after completing their takeover after his 100th game on Tuesday, a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea also intend to appoint a sporting director to oversee the club’s transfer policy after Boehly took on an interim role following the departure of negotiator and director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance adviser Petr Cech. Graham Potter set to take Chelsea job on long-term contract

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